Researching solar power for the home

This is the first in what I expect will be a series of entries about our efforts to determine whether now is the right time for us to invest in solar energy for our home.

We're lucky enough to live in a new home, which turns out to be good news for installing solar PV (photovoltaic) panels: we don't have to put in a new roof before installing solar.  Other than that, we don't really know what to prepare for, how to choose a vendor of solar cells, whom to hire to install, how many and what kinds of rebates, tax breaks, and other incentives there are...you get the idea.  Too many things to learn, so much to absorb.

So I'll just say that I found a web site that helps simplify this whole thing.  It's 1BOG (One Block Off the Grid).  The site is simple and attractive to poke around, it helps give you an idea of where to start and what to think about, and when you register (for free) with them, you get added to the other people in your area who are interested in buying solar power which in turn gives 1BOG more buying power with dealers, so you end up getting a discounted rate.  I went to the site and played with their cool power estimator, I registered my info, and the next day I got a call from somebody at 1BOG helping me with any questions I had.  For free.  So far, so good!

I'll write more updates as I go through the process of learning and evaluating solar power.  If we end up diving in and getting cells on our roof, I'll write about how that goes, too.

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The solar power they have is

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